BWW Review: Sacramento is 'On Top of the World' with New HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Harmony Wheeler - Aug 25, 2016

Disney musicals generate a lot of hype. The Lion King transformed the art of puppetry. Beauty and the Beast told a tale as old as time. And the upcoming Frozen… well, it's Frozen. But the company's stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame took a slight step to the side, never making the move to Broadway. Instead, after successful runs at La Jolla and Paper Mill playhouses, the musical was licensed to three regional theatres for 2016, including Sacramento's Music Circus. The announcement of Sacramento's engagement met much excitement, making Tuesday's less than full house opening a shocking surprise. But the excellent cast did receive a well-deserved standing ovation. (more...)

Cast Announced for Detroit Public Theatre's Production of MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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Photo Flash: Chimera Ensemble's Chicago Premiere of SISTER CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Artistic Director Rainee Denham and Chimera Ensemble are proud to present the Chicago premiere of Colette Freedman's Sister Cities, directed by Ashley Neal, August 20 - September 18 at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee.  Sister Cities runs Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 - 26. Based on availability, industry tickets are $10 with a headshot and resume presented to the box office for all performances.   (more...)

New Music Series: Musical Sojourn at the Kraine Theater & Under St. Marks Theater NYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

This monthly music series is being introduced and hosted by Horsetrade productions and music event producer Salli Squitieri bringing both up and coming and renowned performing artists of all genres from near and far to these two historically rich funky chic unique east village flavored theatres. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Tickets to FUN HOME in Chicago Go on Sale This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman have announced that individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 28 for the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. (more...)

Cast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the first major New York revival of David Hare's PLENTY. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux and featuring the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, October 4 and run through Sunday, November 6, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Whittier Community Theatre to Launch 95th Season with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Whittier Community Theatre presents the first show of their 95th Season, Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' opening September 9 and playing September 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00pm, with one Sunday matinee September 18 at 2:30pm. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Open 2016-17 at Theatre Memphis
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Theatre Memphis is presenting the Disney family classic musical, Beauty and the Beast, September 2 - 25, 2016, on the Lohrey Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at The City Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The City Theatre will end the 2016 summer season with the out-of-this-world hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, continuing August 25 - September 11. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

SISTER ACT To Close Out Stages 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

There's a real reason to rejoice for everybody's favorite nun, Deloris Van Cartier, is coming to STAGES to stir up her special brand of habit-forming fun! Playing September 9-October 9 at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Sister Act will close STAGES' 30th Anniversary Season with the gift of laughter, the power of music, and a touch of heavenly inspiration. (more...)

Woody Allen's CRISIS IN SIX SCENES Among New Titles Coming to Amazon in September
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

September brings a number of highly-anticipated Amazon Original Series and Movie available for Prime members to stream or download on Prime Video at no additional cost to their membership. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MAGICAL ADVENTURES OF BENNY AND GRIFF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

 Join musical comedy duo Benny and Griff as they present their first full-length musical, 'The Magical Adventures of Benny and Griff', debuting at the Royal Theater at the Producers Club in Manhattan. The production opens on August 18th, and runs for three nights only. BroadwayWorld has your first look at the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SHREK THE MUSICAL at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Do you know that old saying, 'beauty is in the eye of the ogre.' No? Then we suggest a trip to see Atlanta Lyric Theatre's new production of Shrek The Musical which can explain it much better than we can. (more...)

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Says Final Farewell to Iconic WOLVERINE Role
by Movies News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Hugh Jackman turned to Instagram today to say farewell to his signature mutton chops which he dons for his portrayal of WOLVERINE. The actor wrapped filming on the third, currently untitled installment of the superhero franchise. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Lou Ferrigno & More at 2016 Wizard World ComicCon Chicago!
by Kevin Pollack - Aug 22, 2016

Wizard World's ComicCon Chicago was in full swing this weekend, August 18-21 and this year's event was jam-packed. BWW's Kevin Pollack shares his impressions of the event as well as exclusive interviews with some of this year's participants. (more...)

Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Sierra Repertory Theatre's The Robber Bridegroom, a "country and southern" comedy, steals its way on to the Fallon House stage September 2 through 25. (more...)

Anthony Crivello Joins Kelli James for LEGENDS & LES MISERABLES at Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Theater Works is excited to announce an exclusive event with Broadway stars Kelli James, James May and special guest, Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello. J (more...)

White Plains Performing Arts Center Announces 2016 – 2017 Fall/Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce an exciting Fall/Winter Season.  All performances are at the White Plains theatre, located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains.  (more...)

Stellar Cast Announced for Scott Siegel's BROADWAY ORIGINALS Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

An amazing array of theater stars have been assembled by producer/writer/host Scott Siegel with the express purpose of singing the songs that they performed in their original Broadway productions. Decade upon decade of Broadway history -- almost 60 years! -- will be on glorious display on the Feinstein's/54 Below stage on August 26 at 9:30 pm, when a galaxy of stars from the 20th and 21st centuries return to sing the songs that made (and make) the Great White Way great. (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: GUITAR FESTIVAL SYMPHONY GALA Was A Concert-Goers Dream
by Barry Lenny - Aug 20, 2016

A wonderful evening of great music performed by some of the best. (more...)

Scoop: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on THE CW - Thursday, September 8, 2016
by - Aug 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on BEAUTY AND THE Beast, airing on THE CW on Thursday, September 8, 2016! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre By The Sea's SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Theatre By The Sea's production of SISTER ACT plays now through September 4, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

The Kennedy Center Sets 15th Annual PAGE TO STAGE New Play Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The Kennedy Center hosts its 15th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival from Saturday, September 3 to Monday, September 5, 2016, featuring more than 50 theaters from the D.C. metropolitan area, all with a mission to produce and support new work. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Deaf Actor John McGinty Explains Why Being Cast in HUNCHBACK LA Premiere is 'Huge'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, will feature John McGinty as Quasimodo. This will be the first time that the character, who is deaf in the original novel, will be played by a deaf actor. (more...)

MAC's Lakeside Pavilion Hosts Free Concerts Celebrating COD's 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The MAC's Lakeside Pavilion swings into "back to school" mode when it hosts three highly entertaining concerts celebrating College of DuPage's 50th Anniversary Year. "It's not every year you hit the big 'five oh' so the MAC is proud to help the College share the excitement of this achievement with three must-see concerts to be enjoyed by alumni and the general public too," observed MAC director Diana Martinez. (more...)

MATTHEW SWEET BAND On Tour This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Power pop legend Matthew Sweet is hitting the road this fall for select dates, including a Milwaukee show on Thursday, September 8 at Shank Hall. (more...)

Cast Announced For Thriller THE AMERICAN WIFE at Park Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

Casting has been announced for THE AMERICAN WIFE, a new thriller coming to Park Theatre from 7 September - 1 October. Looking at the real human cost behind the war on terror and myriads of misinformation, the full cast includes: Julia Eringer, Vidal Sancho, George Taylor, Emilio Doorgasingh, Mitchell Mullen, Anne Wittman, Sanee Raval, Sophie Angelson, Lucia Henry Peragine and Sascha Petrou. The Press Night is Friday 9 September, 7pm.   (more...)

BrightSide Theatre's 2016 Annual Benefit: Some Enchanted Evening: A Musical Revue of Broadway Classics
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of The Producers. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Alan Menken to Co-Write Music for Live Action LITTLE MERMAID for Disney
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 16, 2016

Multi-Tony Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda will team with multi-Oscar winning composer Alan Menken for Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. (more...)

Original Stars Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury and More Slated for 25th Anniversary Screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney have announced a 25th anniversary screening of BEAUTY AND THE Beast, presented Sunday, September 18 at Alice Tully Hall. (more...)

BWW Interview: On a Magic Carpet Ride: ALADDIN and the Musicals of Robin and Clark
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 16, 2016

When Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont, opens on August 22, the four performances at Maine State Music Theatre will mark twenty-six years of collaboration and fifteen original shows created by the team of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark. These two highly respected artists – Robin, director, choreographer, Artistic Director of the Fulton Theatre and Clark, actor, director, Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre – have devoted a considerable portion of their indefatigable creative energy to composing, writing the books and lyrics for a series of musical fairytales designed to introduce new audiences to the magic, make believe and miracles that theatre can offer to the young and young at heart. (more...)

FUN HOME National Tour Finds Cast, Launches at Playhouse Square This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Producers Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman just announced casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Cleveland at Playhouse Square October 2 - 22, 2016, as part of the Key Bank Broadway Series. (more...)

Breaking News: Welcome to the Family! Kate Shindle, Robert Petkoff & Susan Moniz Will Lead FUN HOME National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman just announced casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will launch in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square and will then travel North America playing multi-week and week-long engagements. For more information on the production, please visit FunHomeBroadway.com. (more...)

2016-17 THEATER SEASON: PHILADELPHIA REGION AND SOUTH JERSEY
by Pati Buehler - Aug 16, 2016

From Philly to South Jersey, there's someting for everyone on stages this season. (more...)

BTG'S 11th Annual Community Productions BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE STONE WITCH Close this Weekend!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Closing this Weekend! BTG'S 11th Annual Community Production, Beauty and The Beast. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
by Herbert Paine - Aug 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for the savvy theatre-goer to see and assess. (more...)

Anneliese van der Pol Returns to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

After a successful concert solo debut, Anneliese van der Pol returns to Feinstein's/54 Below, celebrating the music and artists that have inspired her, performing a wide array of styles: Barbra Streisand to Joni Mitchell, classics to pop, and the Broadway tunes that influenced and shaped her into the performer she is today! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Frank McCourt's THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY, a Co-Production of MSMT and Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Two of Maine's most revered cultural institutions, Portland Stage in Portland and Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) in Brunswick, are pleased to announce their co-production of Frank McCourt's THE IRISH... AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

VIDEO: ON YOUR FEET!'s Child Wrangler Felicia Velasco Takes Us Through Her Nightly Routine
by Michael Dale - Aug 15, 2016

This is Velasco's eleventh show taking care of Broadway's smallest stars. (more...)

ELF THE MUSICAL to Spread Christmas Cheer to 36 Cities on 2016 Holiday Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

ETworks Presentations, LLC and WarnerBros. Theatre Ventures are thrilled to announce that the Broadway musical ELF will perform across the country once again this holiday season beginning in November 2016. (more...)

Larry Daggett to Headline Fiddlehead Theatre's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, today announce the cast and production team for the exclusive Boston premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: The Musical. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Sneak Peek: Megan Hilty Guest Stars on Today's SOFIA THE FIRST!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 12, 2016

Tony Award-nominated Broadway and television star Megan Hilty guest-stars on today's all-new episode of Disney's SOFIA THE FIRST. Check out BWW's exclusive sneak peek below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Lin-Manuel's Disney Sing-a-long with The Rock
by Stage Tube - Aug 12, 2016

Last week, Lin-Manuel Miranda took over Dsney's Instagram as part of the promotion for his new film, Moana. Being an admitted nerd of all things Disney, Miranda took the opportunity to duet on some Disney classics with friends throughout the day. One of the day's participants, The Rock, took to Instagram today to share a behind the scenes look at the twosome's cover of 'Gaston' from Beauty and the Beast. (more...)

Mama Bares Debut First Concert at East West Players, August 25 through September 4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, opens its 51st Anniversary Season Radiant with the world premiere of The Mama Bares in Concert: Once Upon a Play Date, developed by and featuring Broadway performers Joan Almedilla, Ai Goeku Cheung, Deedee Magno Hall, and Jennifer Paz, directed by Giovanni Ortega with musical direction by Marc Macalintal. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Sweeney Todd' Original Sarah Rice On Her Upcoming Shows At Pangea, Working With Sondheim, and the Zen-Like Theremin
by Ashley Steves - Aug 12, 2016

Name an opera or operetta and it is likely listed in soprano Sarah Rice's repertoire. Over her long and illustrious career, she has starred and performed in a myriad of productions all across the map, from Broadway to Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy. Strauss, Salieri, Sondheim--- it's there. Now, in her first solo show since 2013, Rice will debut her new show Music of the Night (borrowing, of course, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, in which Rice played Christine in the National Tour) at Pangea Restaurant Pangea Restaurant (2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th streets) on August 17, 18, and September 20, all at 7 pm. Alongside pianist Matthew Martin Ward (Eric Sedgwick for the September show) and special guest David Vernon, she will sing and play a set aimed to explain 'the things that go through your head at 4:00 AM,' covering classical, Celtic, television and movie themes, and musical theatre. (more...)

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